Dear Friends:

For those of us who cherished the Peanuts gang and eagerly anticipated the arrival of the “Great Pumpkin,” October holds a special place in our hearts. It brings about the vibrant festivities of Oktoberfest and Halloween. However, October is also includes World Mental Health Day, on October 10, a time for reflection on the state of mental health worldwide.


As we embrace World Mental Health Day, it's essential to confront the staggering statistics that underscore the need for awareness, compassion, and support for those who struggle with mental health challenges. Just as health encompasses physical well-being, mental health is integral to overall health. Let's explore how to become someone's "Great Pumpkin."


The Global State on Mental Health:


Mental health issues affect millions of people across the globe, transcending borders, cultures, and age groups. According to the World Health Organization, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. It's estimated that over 264 million people suffer from depression, with anxiety disorders trailing behind.


Suicide, a tragic consequence of untreated mental health issues, claims the lives of approximately 800,000 individuals each year, making it a leading cause of death among young people aged 15-29. These statistics emphasize the urgent need for mental health awareness and support.


The Nurse's Perspective:


As a nurse with years of experience, I've worked tirelessly to restore patients to their optimal health. The concept was simple: if they can't walk, help them regain mobility; alleviate their suffering if they're in pain. Health, after all, is a universal concern that encompasses both physical and mental well-being.


Mental health should not be regarded as something separate from health itself. Instead, it should be considered an integral component. Just as we strive to heal physical ailments, we must respect and support those on their journey toward mental wellness.


The Great Pumpkin of Today:


Max Fab Consulting’s mission is to create environments that facilitate veteran reintegration and provide workplaces that respect and support them. My goal is to not only aid in their transition but also to maintain their sense of purpose. I understand that, just like the “Great Pumpkin” in the Peanuts, real hope must be built upon a solid foundation—one that's not based on false promises.

Recent statistics on veteran employment and mental health paint a poignant picture. Veterans often face difficulties when returning to civilian life, including issues related to mental health. My commitment to these heroes is to serve as their "Great Pumpkin"—a beacon of hope, support, and understanding.

If you're someone who needs support transitioning back into the civilian world, please contact me for support. Businesses, get your Veteran READY training to equip your business with the tools needed to attract and retain your most valuable employees—veterans.


When the Cows Lie Down: The Reason People Quit YOU, Their "Leader"

My NEW book explores good and bad quitting. It also focuses on why people are quietly quitting—leaving the workforce, avoiding office environments, and giving up on social aspects of work. By understanding the reasons behind quietly quitting, you can leverage that knowledge to your advantage.

There are times, however, when quitting becomes essential for success, health, and raising your game. There are also moments when people quit YOU, their leaders—times when the cows lie down, so to speak.



Æther: A Journal of Strategic Airpower and Spacepower: Battlefield Perspectives

I am honored to be part of a group of service men and women who share their battlefield experiences and perspectives in this collection of stories called Battlefield Perspectives. Check out my story called Clear the Beds.


The Power of Recharging: Balancing Life’s Bubbles for Mission Achievement

I’ve learned that I’m more effective when I step away from it all and focus on myself, my passions, and my well-being. I embrace these activities with as much enthusiasm as I do my work, making sure I allocate enough time to recharge. It took me years to overcome the tendency to push myself further, always chasing that “one more thing” to do. In doing so, I often became less effective due to burnout and a lack of balance. Read more.

Transforming Passion into Action: Crafting a Compelling Value Proposition

As I continue to meet passionate, experienced people with a burning desire to share their knowledge and expertise, I often think about this common dilemma: Why do they

struggle to gain the traction and attention their passion and experience deserve? Read more.


Podcast Business News Network

I enjoyed being on the Podcast Business News Network with host Jill Nicolini. I had the opportunity to talk about Max Fab Consulting and Veteran READY, and how so many people can benefit from these services. Check it out!

Kangaroo Leadership Podcast Episode #6: The Power of WHY- from Sanitarian to Chief Operating Officer

I recently had Jennifer Reiser, Chief Operating Officer of the Billings Chamber of Commerce and Owner of Jennifer Reiser Consulting on the podcast. We spent the hour talking about her personal and professional leadership journey and the power of WHY. Tune in for an insightful conversation.

Deep Leadership Podcast: Why Employees Quit

Honored to be on the Deep Leadership Podcast once again, hosted by my dear friend Jon S. Rennie - Author where I talked about my latest book When the Cows Lie Down: The Reason People Quit YOU—Their “Leader.” Check out the episode.

Doing Business Podcast: Why People Quit You—Their Leader.

I had a great time on talking to host Steve Ramona about my new book When the Cows Lie Down, which is a metaphor for the importance of slowing down and paying attention to the subtle signs that something is wrong in the workplace. Listen to the episode.

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

As a retired Air Force Command Chief Master Sergeant, I was truly honored to deliver the keynote address at the Montana State University Billings 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at City College last month. Thank you for the opportunity.


I look forward to speaking at these upcoming events. Join me!



Schedule a time to connect with me through my Calendly or send me an email. I'm always here for you! Also, forward this newsletter to anyone you think would be interested!

Stay Max Fab,


CMSgt, USAF (ret), RN, BSN, MS

Leadership Coach, Consultant & Keynote Motivational Speaker

Military transition expert

MaxFab Consulting

(307) 757-6310

[email protected]

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